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Thanksgiving may be about a week away, but time flies when there’s so much to do. If you’re the host for this year’s family feast, set the tone for a happy, relaxed celebration with early preparations. Get started this weekend by gathering everything you’ll need for the table. Wash china,...

A recent survey by TheStreet notes that the majority of consumers fear their credit card and other personal information may be stolen as a result of retailer data breaches.

News of the Home Depot data breach early this fall rocked consumer confidence regarding the protection of personal...

Not all bath fixtures are created equal. We highlight prominent product launches throughout the year.

Most Americans prefer to remodel rather than move, a 2014 Houzz & Home survey revealed. The most popular space to renovate? The bathroom.

Here are some of the most interesting bath products to...

Winter is coming soon but there’s still enough time for a few more home projects. This infographic outlines some simple tasks you can accomplish yourself to ensure your home is winter ready. So grab this list and get going, because you never know when the snow is going to start...

Paint is an easy way to refresh the look of a home, which is why nearly half of American homeowners plan to tackle a painting project by the end of this month. According to the Sherwin-Williams 2014 National Home Design and Color Survey, living/family rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms are among the...

Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete, hosts of the nationally-syndicated home improvement radio show The Money Pit, know a thing or two about keeping homes safe.   “Every week, I tell listeners how to prepare for extreme weather emergencies,” Kraeutler says.  “But, to be honest, I thought the...

New styles from European fixture and cabinet companies emphasize modernity and functionality.

Trends in color, style and functionality are driving product choices in kitchen and bath fixtures. And the desire for a more contemporary look — even if it’s transitional — is making European products...

Relax at home or at the game with these quality loungers.

Tailgating is just as important as the game itself — if not more so. Nationwide Insurance reports that 40 percent of tailgaters spend more than five hours celebrating with friends pregame in parking lots outside stadiums all over the...

Keep safe in the event of a home fire with products that detect, extinguish and provide escape from hazardous situations.

Chimneys aren’t the only potential fire hazard in the home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire...

Ace Hardware’s design experts weigh in on top paint choices for fall.

A change in seasons often brings about a change in decor. This can extend to wall coloring and furniture finishes as a weekend project to transform interior spaces.

Fall is one of the most colorful and beautiful times of...

Hardwood flooring has long been a popular choice for homes because of the natural beauty of wood. New colors and finishes help keep this traditional flooring style looking fresh, with more coming down the pike for 2015. See what Lumber Liquidators expects to be hot in hardwoods for the year...

They’ve always been functional.  But for the first time in decades, awnings are regaining popularity as a sources of energy saving and stylishness and increased home value. 

Let’s start with the numbers: Awnings extending from windows, doors, and patios can cut a household’s summer energy bills...

You're running late.  Your arms are full.  It will only be a short drive.  Your toddler is whining, and doesn't want to climb into the booster seat. 

Sound familiar?  If you’re a parent, my guess is “yes”!  And if you occasionally give in, you’re not alone: Findings released by Safe Kids...

Rocking chairs.  Knitting.  Cast-off shoes.   Porches  don’t exactly have a hip, modern reputation.  But they might soon.   The porch is making a comeback, with homeowners and builders rediscovering the appeal and possibility of space that merges the comforts of being both indoors and out. ...

At some point, every parent faces the decision of determining whether or not a child is able to stay home alone.  As a parent of three, I’ve found that every child is different and each child has a unique level of maturity, at every age and stage of his or her adolescence.  Leaving a child alone...

When consumers think about energy-efficient lighting, many are deterred by the memory of the early CFL bulbs produced by some manufacturers.

When the first CFL bulbs came to market nearly 30 years ago, consumer adoption was slowed by the fact that many of the products didn’t meet consumer...

When it comes to your home's exterior, you can change the color only so often — maybe once a decade if you applied a long-lasting, good quality paint or stain. Not so with the interior. If you want to change your wall color on a whim, you can do it this weekend.  That's part of the beauty of...

If you're shopping for new or replacement windows for your home, chances are you’ve come across a few different ratings, labels or certifications on the products you’ve looked at. Understanding the information these stickers convey is essential to your ability to directly compare your options...

Spring is here, and that means homeowners across the country are going to start picking up their shovels for a variety of outdoor projects: planting trees, installing fences, building decks, and more. However, a majority of Americans – 51 percent – who plan to dig this year will put themselves...

Does all the talk about newer, better light bulbs have you scratching your head? They’re on the market for good reason—to increase efficiency and reduce energy costs—and a few how-tos are all you’ll need to make shopping easier.   This new wave in lighting is thanks to the Energy Independence...